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Colloquium Computer Science - Jaap-Henk Hoepman, Radboud University Nijmegen

When:We 17-04-2024 16:00 - 17:00
Where:5161.0041B Bernoulliborg

Titel: Mutual Contact Discovery


Contact discovery allows new users of a messaging service to find existing contacts that already use that service. Existing users are similarly informed of new users that join. This creates a privacy issue: anyone already on the service that has your number on their contact list gets notified that you joined. Even if you don't know that person, or if it is an ex or former colleague that you long parted with and whose contact details you deleted long ago. To solve this, we propose a mutual contact discovery protocol, that only allow users to discover each other when both are (still) in each other's contact list. Mutual contact discovery has the additional advantage that it can be implemented in a more privacy friendly fashion (e.g. protecting the social graph from the server) than traditional, one-sided contact discovery, without necessarily relying on trusted hardware.